Walk-in Counseling & Referral Services

Walk-in Counseling Available to Emily Program Clients

Our Walk-in and Referral Service is available to Emily Program clients who have been through the complete intake process,  over age 18,  and in urgent need of crisis intervention or support. In other words, when your primary therapist is not available in a timely manner or while you are awaiting a primary therapist (after intake evaluation). This service is currently only available at our St. Louis Park and St. Paul (2265 Como Ave) locations.

What Qualifies As An Emergency?

The Walk-in Counseling and Referral team is made up of a group of therapists who are well versed in both the treatment of eating disorders and crisis intervention. Walk-in counseling is not intended to take the place of individual therapy. Instead it is a service that can help clients in emergency situations via support, feedback and referral to services outside The Emily Program that will promote stabilization.

Some common uses of walk-in services revolve around acute increases in the severity of depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, increased isolation and eating disorder symptoms. Sometimes situational stressors promote the use of walk-in services (e.g. conflict at work, loss of a loved one, interpersonal/relationship problems, or the consequences around chemical abuse). The question that will help you determine whether or not to use walk-in services is, “Do I need help with this emergency today or can it wait until my next appointment with my primary therapist?”.

St. Louis Park walk-in service hours are:

Wednesday 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Counseling sessions are 25 to 45 minutes in length.

St. Paul (2265 Como Ave) walk-in service hours are:

Monday 11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.
Tuesday 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Thursday 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Counseling sessions are 30 minutes in length.

To utilize our walk-in counseling and referral service at St. Louis Park or St. Paul we ask that you arrive 30 minutes before walk-in hours to complete the needs assessment. Depending on the number of clients in need, there may be a wait.

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